Category: Reflections

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on Thursday 14th September commemorates the finding of the True Cross by St Helena; and the dedication of churches built on the site of the Holy Sepulchre and Mount Calvary. Continue reading

To think about in September

There are many different types of “year” in our country.  The tax year starts in April, the calendar year in January, the liturgical year in December and now, in September, we have the beginning of the academic year.  It’s a good time to start studying.  Continue reading

A rite of passage

 Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth’s rite of passage?  All the young boys go through this trial as a rite of passage to manhood.  

In the afternoon of the day of the trial, the boy’s father takes him deep into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. The boy is required to sit on a tree stump throughout whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He must not cry out for help.  Once he survives the night, he is a man. He cannot tell the other boys of this experience because each boy must come into manhood on his own.    Continue reading

The end of a pilgrimage

Earlier this summer Tim set out on a 200 mile walk to Santiago in Spain.  A medical problem meant he had to return home half-way through, but he was able to return and reach his destination. Read about it here. 

2016 Tim completes his pilgrimage (372.1 KiB)

Is a walking pilgrimage right for you?

For various reasons people think they could not embark on a walking pilgrimage such as the Camino de Santiago.  Before heading back to complete his own camino Tim reflected on some of the people he had met while on pilgrimage previously in Spain. Continue reading

A pilgrimage to Santiago

Tim, from St Joseph’s, is walking to Santiago in Spain, carrying prayers and prayer intentions from people in the parish to pray on his journey. These will be left with the chaplaincy in Santiago and offered daily until the end of November. Read more here: 

2016 Tim On The Camino Primitivo (214.2 KiB)

Why walk to Santiago

El Camino es la meta – the Way is the goal.  El Camino is Spanish for “the way”. El Camino de Santiago is “the way to Santiago”.  Read here, to find out why people embark on a lengthy walking pilgrimage. 

2016 Why People Walk A Camino (203.3 KiB)

The Year of Mercy – a time for Pilgrimage

At the start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy Pope Francis opened the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica. The Holy Doors in Cathedrals and designated churches throughout the world opened to pilgrims. Read here to find out about a pilgrimage route to Santiago in Spain.

2016 The Way Is The Goal (301.4 KiB)

Day for Life – 31st May

This day in the Church’s year is dedicated to celebrating and upholding the dignity of human life. The Church teaches that life should be protected and nurtured from conception to natural death. “How great a lie …to make people think that lives affected by grave illness are not worth living!” – Pope Francis Continue reading

Excuse me….. ‘ you busy?

‘ you busy? Me too!

Got toooooo much to do? Me too!!

It’s strange, but I never seem to have time to do all the things on my list.   I race from day to day and as I cross one thing off my list I add two things on! Continue reading